Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) September 16, 2014
This season, Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk has been asking SB Nation a question each week, looking for things like the most consistent player on each team's roster and which player is under the most pressure this year. He's back this week with another question: Who is the on-field leader that gets a team through adversity?
The Dolphins have faced plenty of adversity over the past few seasons, and they clearly need a leader on the field to pull them together. Like most teams, the Dolphins will turn to their quarterback to fill that role, with the team electing Ryan Tannehill a captain this year, the first time he has had the "C" on his chest. (On a sidenote, this is the first time since Tannehill entered the league that the Dolphins have elected permanent captains, rather than rotating them every week. Tannehill was elected to the team's "Leadership Council" last year, though no one wore the captain patch on their uniforms.)
Tannehill is still young, and he is not yet proven himself as the sure-fire franchise quarterback for the team, but he is in the leadership position to fire up the team and push them through the adversity they will have throughout the year. Can he step up and make it happen? He will have a great opportunity to prove it this week when the team faces the Kansas City Chiefs after an embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills last weekend.
The Dolphins have other options who can and will step up into the role when needed, including defensive end Cameron Wake and center Mike Pouncey. Having multiple players who can lead them team through adversity is important. Having the quarterback step into the role and establish himself as the leader is even more so. Ryan Tannehill is in the position, has been elected a leader, and has the opportunity to be that leader. Now it is time for him to prove it.